Urban Media Today HBCU Sports Report 10/24/17

This week on the HBCU Football Report Grambling State is still number one, there are only three undefeated teams left in all of Black College Football and Norfolk State pulled off a major upset

Check out the updated Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll.

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Staying Safe When You Are Working Out

Some people live their lives not really thinking about the consequences of their actions. When it comes to your personal health, this is not a productive or attractive attitude to have. Learning about nutrition will help you learn how to feel and act to the best of your capabilities.

Do not make the mistake of avoiding fat entirely. Some fat is necessary to provide a feeling of fullness and help your body function properly, but try to stick to healthier fats rather than the partially hydrogenated version found in most packaged snack food. A little fat with a meal causes carbohydrates to digest more slowly for a lower rise in blood sugar, resulting in more constant energy and less hunger later.

Try adding more foods to your diet for more variety and more nutrients. There are endless healthy options you can make when you have access to many different types of foods. variety keeps you from getting bored with your diet and also prevents you from turning to unhealthy food options.

Drinking a glass of orange juice every morning is one of the best ways to start off your day. Orange juice is loaded with vitamin c, potassium, and other great nutrients. Some brands even add calcium to their orange juice. One tall glass of 100% orange juice per day is a great way to get the recommended amount of fruit in your diet.

A great tip for healthier living is to make sure you visit your doctor for a checkup on an annual basis. We all hate going to the doctor, but this is vital to make sure you stay in the best health as you possibly can. If there is something wrong, you will be glad you went.

Animal fats are seen as culprits of high cholesterol by many nutritionists, so many people are avoiding animal fats. The mainstream recommendation is currently that we make animal fats no more than 10% of our caloric intake. But, there is another voice that says these fats contain necessary nutrients, amino acids that contain carnitine and other substances vital to fat metabolism.

If you are dealing with a picky eater, try to give them smaller portions at each meal. By doing this, they won’t feel overwhelmed with the amount of food in front of them and if they are hungry, they will be more inclined to eat their entire meal since it is not a huge serving size.

It is a great idea to teach your child how to be nutritious if they can get their examples straight from you. If you are eating healthy foods, your child will feel much more inclined to be just like you and eat those same foods. If they see you refusing healthy foods, then they will follow suit.

Nutrition is seen in the types of foods we consume. Eating foods high in fiber, vitamins, mineral and a proper proportion of fat, carbohydrates, and protein is considered the proper way to eat. Avoid eating food for the sake of eating it or to feel good. This leads to overeating and gaining unwanted weight.

Don’t do away with all of your unhealthy pleasures. If you must have an unhealthy item, only have one a day. You can also try using smaller sizes of your sweets, such as a fun-sized candy bar or a small cookie. If you would rather not have an unhealthy item one time a day, limit yourself to once a week if you make your weight loss goal. This can be a great motivator.

Avoid starving your body of nutrients by eating a healthy breakfast. Folks who skip breakfast end up going without ingesting nutrients for hours, and that’s as unhealthy as it sounds. Without adequate fuel, you’re putting both your body and your brain at a disadvantage. Don’t try to take on a day by throwing away several good hours that could be more productive.

Bread isn’t the only food with a healthier whole grain counterpart; pasta like elbow macaroni, spaghetti, angel hair, and linguine are best consumed when made from whole grains instead of refined pasta. The difference in taste and texture between refined and whole wheat pasta is negligible, and even the pickiest eater would be hard-pressed to tell them apart.

It is very important to get enough Vitamin A in your diet. It is important for many parts of your body, including your skin, immune system, and your eyesight. Good sources of vitamin A include dark green or orange vegetables and liver meats. It is also often used to fortify milk.

If you are worried about the dark circles around your eyes, you should try to eat healthier. If you eat more healthily, your complexion will clear up and the dark rings around your eyes and puffiness will improve. Start right now to make healthy choices.

Be sure to eat a diet that is balanced. This includes 15-20 percent protein, 30% fat and 50-55% carbohydrates. Include lean meat, fish that are rich in omega-3 low-fat milk, fruits, and vegetable, whole grains, and nuts. Following a diet like this will keep you feeling great for years to come.

If you are overweight and trying to lose pounds through a better diet, always keep in mind that some of today’s best nutritionists are former heavyweights. These people desired to lose weight just like you and so they had to learn a lot. If you have anyone like this in your life, ask them to be a type of nutritionist for you.

High fructose corn syrup, sugar, and other forms of carbohydrates are all essentially the same when it comes to nutrition. They might react in a different manner with the body, diffusing sugar faster, but they all carry similar calorie contents and behave like sugars. Starches like bread and pasta provide a large portion of carbohydrates which allows you to store up energy in fat cells.

You have read many reasons for improving your nutrition. You have also learned some tips on how to do that. Try these tips for about one month, and you will notice that you will start to feel better on a day to day basis. You will have more energy, and be able to be more productive.  editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Steelers Top Bengals 29-14


The Pittsburgh Steelers handled their business against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 29-14 defeat at Heinz Field, improving their record to 5-2 but more importantly, 3-0 in the AFC North Division. It also helped that the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Minnesota Vikings, which gives the Steelers a 2-game lead in the division. They know to get a 1st round bye, it means taking command of the division first.

In this game, the Steelers excelled in all-3 phases. Offense: RB Le’Veon Bell once again ran the ball well (35 carries, 134 yards), QB Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball well (224 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTS) Defense: they sacked Bengals QB Andy Dalton 4 times and intercepted him twice (including CB Joe Haden’s first pick as a Steeler) Special Teams:  K Chris Boswell kicked 5 field goals and the unit also converted a fake punt. Impressive.

But here’s what puzzles me:  this team still can’t convert in the Red Zone. Those 2 TDs were scored in the first quarter the rest of the points came off the foot of Boswell, who has truly been a gift, but this team should have beat the Bengals 48-14 if they would’ve turned those FGs into TDs. Big Ben’s deep ball is still a bit off, but that ‘problem’ is easy to deal with in a win. The Steelers will now prepare for Sunday Night Football as they will travel to Detroit to face the 3-3 Lions.

Post-Game Notes 


  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 (2-1 at home), 4-1 against AFC teams and 3-0 vs. AFC North opponents in 2017.


  • The Steelers are 59-35 in regular-season history against the Bengals (32-16 at home).


  • Pittsburgh improved to 21-9 in regular-season games against Cincinnati in the month of October (13-3 at home in the month).


  • Pittsburgh has won each of its previous 10 regular-season games against Cincinnati in the month of October.


  • The Steelers earned their 95th regular-season victory at Heinz Field since the stadium opened in 2001.


  • Pittsburgh reached 95 regular-season wins at Heinz Field in 131 games to tie as the fifth-fewest games to reach 95 wins in a stadium in NFL history:

Rk.          TEAM, STADIUM                                    GAMES TO 95 WINS

  1.          New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium                  112
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers, Three Rivers Stadium        124
  3. Dallas Cowboys, Texas Stadium                            125
  4. Oakland Raiders, Oakland Coliseum                     129

T5.           Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field                          131

Cleveland Browns, Municipal Stadium                   131

Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium                  131

Miami Dolphins, Orange Bowl                                131


  • The Steelers are 449-284-2 during the regular season since 1970.


  • Held Cincinnati to 179 yards of offense – tied as the fourth-fewest allowed in the regular-season series.


  • The Steelers’ 24.0 sacks in 2017 tie as the fifth-most by the Steelers in the first seven games of a season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.


  • The defense posted two interceptions in a game in 2017 for the second time (Oct. 1 at Baltimore).


  • The Steelers are now 33-0 when scoring at least 20 points in the first half in regular-season games at Heinz Field since the stadium opened in 2001.


Head Coach Mike Tomlin

  • Improved his regular-season record to 108-59 since becoming the Steelers’ head coach in 2007 (61-22 at home).


  • Is now 44-19 in regular-season games vs. AFC North foes (24-7 at home).


  • Has led the Steelers to a 3-0 record in games vs. AFC North opponents for the third time  (2007, 2008 and 2017).


  • Improved to 16-5 as the Steelers’ head coach in regular-season games vs. Cincinnati (8-3 at home).


  • Improved to 29-13 in regular-season games during the month of October (17-5 at home).


  • Is now 83-14 when the Steelers hold a lead at halftime.


QB Ben Roethlisberger

  • Completed 14-of-24 passing for 224 yards with two touchdowns for a 117.4 passer rating.


  • Improved to 128-62 as a starter during the regular season (71-23 at home).


  • Increased his Steelers franchise record for the most wins as a starting quarterback to 128 (Terry Bradshaw, 107).


  • His 128 wins as a starting quarterback in regular-season games are the seventh-most in NFL history.


  • Is now 20-7 against Cincinnati in the regular-season as a starter (9-5 at home).


  • Increased his NFL records for completions (539) and passing yards (6,364) in games against Cincinnati. His 36 touchdown passes are second-most (Warren Moon: 37).


  • Improved to 52-17 as a starter in the regular-season vs. AFC North opponents (27-7 at home).


  • Increased his Steelers record for passing yards to 48,559 – the ninth-most in NFL history.


  • Tied Aaron Rodgers (310) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history.


  • For the 77th time in his career during the regular season, he registered a passer rating over 100.0 as a starter. The Steelers are 69-8 in those games.


WR Antonio Brown

  • Led all receivers with a game-high 65 receiving yards on a team-best four receptions, including a seven-yard touchdown from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter.


  • Has registered at least one reception in 115 consecutive games in which he has played, including the postseason – dating back to October 3, 2010.


  • Has registered at least one reception in 106 consecutive regular-season games – dating back to October 3, 2010.


  • Is the eighth player in NFL history to tally at least 1,000 receiving yards in career games vs. Cincinnati, with 1,037.


  • Increased his reception total to 684 – the second-most in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEPTIONS

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              1,000
  2.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   684
  3. Heath Miller, 2005-15                                  592


  • Increased his receiving yards total 9,142 – the second-most in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEIVING YARDS

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,083
  2.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   9,142
  3. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,723


  • Increased his scrimmage yards total to 9,268 – the fourth-most in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                               14,234
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,511
  3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           11,377
  4.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   9,268
  5. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,834


  • Caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, increasing his career touchdown reception total to 53 – the third-most touchdown receptions in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     TOUCHDOWN CATCHES

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              85
  2. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             63
  3.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   53
  4. Lynn Swann, 1974-82                                 51
  5. Heath Miller, 2005-15                                 45


WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

  • Finished with two catches for 39 yards including a 31-yard touchdown pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter, his third scoring grab of 2017.


  • His three touchdown catches are the most in NFL history by a player before his 21st birthday (Will turn 21 on Nov. 22).


RB Le’Veon Bell

  • Led all players in rushing yards (134 on 35 carries) and yards from scrimmage (192: 134 rushing / 58 receiving).


  • Increased his career rushing yards total to 4,729 – the fourth-most rushing yards by a Steeler in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   11,950
  2. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                               10,571
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-09                                     5,378
  4. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           4,729
  5. John Henry Johnson, 1960-65                        4,381


  • Increased his career rushing yards total to 4,729 – the fourth-most rushing yards by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                               6,713
  2. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   5,133
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                     4,989
  4. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           4,729
  5. John Henry Johnson, 1960-64                        4,370


  • Posted the 17th 100-yard rushing game of his NFL career – the fifth-most 100-yard games in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     100-YARD RUSHING GAMES

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                               50
  2. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   47
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                     25
  4. Barry Foster, 1990-94                                     20
  1. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       17


  • Eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the second time in his regular-season career against Cincinnati (185: Dec. 7, 2014).


  • Rushed for at least 100 yards in back-to-back games for the third time in his NFL career (179: Oct. 15, 2017 at Kansas City).


  • Rushed for at least 125 yards in consecutive games for the first time in his NFL career (179: Oct. 15, 2017 at Kansas City).


  • Is the first Steeler since 2007 (Willie Parker: Sept. 16-23) to rush for at least 125 yards in back-to-back games.


  • Increased his scrimmage yards total to 6,948 – the fourth-most in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                               14,234
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,511
  3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           11,377
  4.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   9,268
  5. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,834
  6. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,948


  • Increased his career scrimmage yards total to 6,948 – the second-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                           7,242
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,948
  1. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   5,947
  1. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                 5,622
  2. Antonio Brown, 2010-14                              5,341


  • Has posted at least 100 yards from scrimmage in 35 career regular-season games, tying WR Antonio Brown for the third-most 100-scrimmage yards games in Steelers history.


  • Has reached 35 regular-season games with 100 scrimmage yards or more in his 54th game – tying Adrian Peterson for the fifth-fewest games to record 35 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in NFL history.


  • Registered at least 150 yards from scrimmage for the 14th time in his NFL career during the regular-season – the most such games in Steelers history.


  • Increased his reception total to 260 – the second-most by a running back in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEPTIONS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   306
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           260
  3. Merril Hoge, 1987-93                                       241
  1. Ray Mathews, 1951-59                               230
  2. Lynn Chandnois, 1950-56                           162


  • Increased his receiving yards total to 2,219 – the third-most by a running back in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEIVING YARDS

  1. Ray Mathews, 1951-59                                   3,919
  2. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   2,284
  3. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           2,219
  4. Merril Hoge, 1987-93                                       2,054
  1. Lynn Chandnois, 1950-56                           2,012


  • Eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage (51 rushing / 58 receiving) in the first half for the seventh time in the regular season of his NFL career and in back-to-back weeks.


  • Totaled 55 scrimmage yards (32 rushing / 23 receiving) in the first quarter to mark the 16th time in his NFL career eclipsing 50 total yards in the opening quarter of a game and for the fourth time in 2017.


  • Gained 42 yards on a reception in the second quarter – the fifth 40-yard reception of his NFL career and first since Dec. 14, 2014 at Atlanta.

In other NFL Scores: In addition to the Ravens losing to Vikings 24-16, Cleveland fell to 0-7 after losing to Tennessee 12-9. Buffalo beat Tampa Bay 30-27, Chicago beat Carolina 17-3, New Orleans beat Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay 26-17, Jacksonville destroyed Indianapolis 27-0, The surprising LA Rams blanked Arizona 33-0, Miami beat the NY Jets 31-28, Dallas Manhandled San Francisco 40-10, Seattle beat the NY Giants 24-7, and in the Sunday Night Game, New England beat Atlanta 23-7 in a rematch of last season’s Super Bowl.

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Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll ( Week 8) 10-23-17

2017 Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll  10/23/17


# 1     Grambling State     6-1    Beat Alcorn State 41-14
# 2     N. Carolina A&T     8-0    Beat Bethune Cookman  24-20
# 3     Virginia State          7-0    Beat Lincoln (PA) 73-21
# 4     Bowie State             7-1    Beat Virginia Union 40-22
# 5     N.Carolina Central  5-2    Lost to Norfolk State 28-21
# 6     Tennessee State      4-3    Bye Week 
# 7      Howard                    4-3    Beat Morgan State 39-14
# 8      Langston                 7-0    Beat Arizona Christian 21-20
# 9      Hampton                  5-2    Beat Florida A&M 31-27
#10     Alcorn State             5-3    Lost to Grambling State 41-14
Honorable Mention:
Tuskegee        6-2     Beat Kentucky State   26-21
Benedict          5-2     Beat Morehouse         29-26  in 2 OT
Southern         4-3     Beat Jackson State     35-17
Albany State    5-3     Lost to Clark-Atlanta   44-36
Virginia Union  5-3     Lost to Bowie State     40-22

Urban Media Today News Update

Tom Joyner Announces Retirement — But Rumors About Him Being Forced Out of the Company Are Not True!

Dallas, TX — Tom Joyner, founder and host of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show says that he will soon be retiring in 2019. His long-time co-host, Sybil Wilkes, will also be signing off for good.

The show has long been the most popular radio show for African Americans with more than 8 million listeners every morning in more than 100 markets. Joyner, who is now 67-years old, launched the show more than 25 years ago back in 1994 after hosting a morning program in Dallas and an afternoon radio show in Chicago for 8 years.The Daily Mail Online, however, has falsely reported that Joyner is being forced into early retirement next year by his company, REACH Media, and owners and distributors of the syndicated show.

This matter was cleared up in a statement from Melody Talkington, the company’s vice president.

Her statement reads: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with REACH Media until the end of 2017. We expect that REACH will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions, and there may be some in the future, but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. REACH is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.”

Via his foundation, Joyner has been known for his massive support to the Black community. He has raised more than $65 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in full tuition scholarships.

In addition, for years he has hosted an annual star-studded family reunion at his home for Black celebrities and influentials. He also hosts an annual celebrity cruise called the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.

For more details about Tom Joyner and his company, REACH media, visit www.ReachMediainc.com

United Negro College Fund/ Michael Jackson Scholarship

Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the current academic year.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College. MORE

Black Filmmaker, Shirah Dedman, Produces New Documentary Exposing the Truth About Gentrification

Oakland, CA — A new documentary exploring displacement of African-Americans out of major U.S. cities will release on YouTube on October 25, 2017. YOU A NOMAD is a short film set in Oakland, California, where in the past generation almost 40 percent of the Black population has been displaced. The film uses a unique cross-section of African-American voices to unfold the systemic issues underlying the rapid gentrification Oakland is now facing.

As a Los Angeles native, filmmaker Shirah Dedman witnessed gentrification take hold in her own hometown. However, after moving to Oakland, she saw it in a whole new light. “I’ve always thought of Oakland as a black city. After seeing the effects of gentrification, I couldn’t help but ask: What happened to the Black people in Oakland? And this question is what I sought to find out,” Dedman said.After showing YOU A NOMAD to a packed crowd at Merritt College, Dedman decided to release the film on YouTube to reach a wide audience to educate more people on the systematic depopulation of African-Americans out of cities nationwide. “If I can help people see white techies as a symptom of the overarching problem rather than as the cause, then we can start discussing real solutions.”

For more information, visit www.youanomad.com

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Ray Jr. on Sports


  1. Steelers S Mike Mitchell fines 48k for hit-I’m not surprised. It was a foolish hit by a player who plays foolishly at times. Mitchell was supposed to be the replacement of Ryan Clark, and he’s looking nothing like it. He hit KC Chiefs QB Alex Smith after he threw the pass and a week before, he celebrated after getting ran over by Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette. If Mitchell would just focus on being a safety and not the big hit, then maybe we’ll see how good he can be.
  2. Steelers vs. Bengals-This Sunday, these 2 teams meet at Heinz Field and it could be more of a battle than anticipated because the Bengals are on a 2-game winning streak after starting 0-3. Apparently, the Bengals defense has improved as they are now ranked #2. Impressive. But the Steelers own this team as well.
  3. Can the Steelers beat the Bengals? I think they can, provided they take the same approach they did against the Chiefs. Establish the run and bring the pass rush against QB Andy Dalton. It’s not about QB Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game right now, it’s about the W, period.
  4. Vontaze Burfict-Ah yes, him again. We shall see if he will self-destruct against the Steelers like he’s done in games past. Like Mike Mitchell, Burfict’s transgressions get in the way of his ability. He’s made Pro-Bowls, so obviously he’s pretty good. But he plays dirty and his many suspensions confirm it. The Steelers need to keep an eye on him.
  5. James Harrison-Once upon a time, the NFL needed to keep a watch on this dude, but these days, Harrison has changed his game and at 39, he’s proving that he’s still got it as he got that key sack on Smith on Sunday. I’m thinking that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin needs to dress him in every He’s too valuable to be in sweats.
  6. Le’Veon Bell-Is he back? He’s getting there as he shredded the Chiefs for 179 yards Sunday. I like his style. That patient-running approach is unique and awesome. He’s done well against the Bengals in the past and he’ll be needed Sunday as well.
  7. Steelers Injury Report-Apparently there are some concerns, especially on the offensive line. T Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) still didn’t practice, and he was joined by DE Stepheon Tuitt (back) and LB Vince Williams (hip). I’m thinking that only Gilbert won’t play Sunday with means that Chris Hubbard will start in his place, and he’s no Gilbert.
  8. Packers Aaron Rodgers has collarbone surgery-It’s a shame that this happened to Green Bay’s All-Pro QB and for the 2nd time as Rodgers also broke his collarbone in 2013. Now the question is, will the Packers put him on injured reserve (8 weeks) or will he miss the rest of the season? Time will tell.
  9. The Eagles are 5-1-I’m still shocked over this. This strong start is easily the surprise of the NFL thus far (with the 4-1 LA Rams right behind them) apparently their defense continues to get better, but I think the addition to of LaGarette Blount to the running game is the difference. They haven’t had a running back like this since Duce Staley.
  10. Rooney Weighs in on Player Protests-In the wake of NFL not enforcing players should stand for the National Anthem, Steelers President Art Rooney II had this to say: “Why pick a fight where it looks like I need a fight? I think having this dialogue with players has given them a level of understanding we are willing to talk about this. We’re not going to try to force anyone to do anything.” Excellent points Mr. Rooney.
  11. Pitt vs. Duke-Yep, Pitt’s interesting season continues, and this week will take them to Durham to face the Blue Devils on Saturday. Duke is 4-3 (1-3 ACC) while the Panthers are 2-5 (0-3 ACC). It would be nice to see the Panthers get their first ACC win of the season against the Blue Devils, but as you know, winning hasn’t been easy for them.
  12. DiNucci vs. Pickett- a few weeks ago it was DiNucci vs. Max Browne, but the Graduate-Transfer from USC had a season-ending surgery leading Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi to burn freshman Kenny Pickett’s redshirt and play him, albeit rather desperately in their loss to NC State last Saturday. But Pickett looked impressive and I think he should start the rest of the season, but you know that’s not going to happen.
  13. Pitt’s Running Game-I’m disappointed in this unit. After the departure of James Conner, I was hoping that Quardee Ollison (2015 ACC Offensive Player of the Year) would take the bull by the horns, but he can’t even get on the field. Shawntez Moss is suspended, Daren hall is Ok, and freshman AJ Davis hasn’t got much playing time. Plus, they’ve used S Jordan Whitehead for more than gimmick plays, That’s not good.
  14. How can the running game be fixed? I think Pitt needs to put more emphasis on it. Especially with DiNucci at QB. Plus, the offensive line has also taken a step back from last season. Plus, Narduzzi needs to focus on one running back, and not 3 at a time.
  15. Is Pitt a Bowl Team? It would honestly take a miracle for this year’s team to win 6 games this season, and this is already the worst of Narduzzi’s Pitt teams. A 2-5 record is just too hard to overcome, especially with ranked teams Virginia Tech and Miami still on the schedule. If they miss a Bowl this season it will be their first since 2010.
  16. AP Top 5-Of course Alabama is still #1, but there’s a new #2 in Penn State (Proud!) who took the spot from Clemson when they lost to Syracuse. Georgia is now #3, and TCU is #4. Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin Badgers is #5. It’ll be excited to see how this ends up, especially come playoff time.
  17. The NBA Season-It has begun and it started with the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Boston Celtics Tuesday night with the Cavs prevailing 102-99. It was good to see LeBron James mix it up against former Cav Kyrie Irving who wanted out of Cleveland in the Summer and eventually got his wish.
  18. Gordon Heyward-In his first game as a Celtic, the former Utah Jazz All-Star may have played his only game of this season after he fell and broke his ankle while trying to dunk the ball against the Cavs Tuesday. I wish this young man the best and hoe he recovers.
  19. Golden State gets its rings-For the second time in 3 years the NBA Champion Warriors get their rings, and they’re impressive. Then they lost against the improved Houston Rockets. I’m feeling like the Western Conference will be more equipped to take on the defending champs this season, but the question is, which Western Conference team will it be?
  20. MLB Playoffs-Congrats to the LA Dodgers for advancing to their first World Series since 1988 after beating defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs 11-1. Hopefully, Aaron Judge and the NY Yankees will join them if they can beat the Astros on Friday.


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HBCU SPORTS With Trevin A Jones

This week we take a look at Urban Media Today Top  Ten football action, as well as letting you know who is capping off their homecoming weekends on the football field.

Check back Monday to see if your favorite HBCU was victorious and also for the updated Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll.

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Enhance Your Physique With These Muscle Building Tips!

Building muscles don’t happen overnight, but with some hard work and dedication, you can create the toned, muscular body you dream of. In order to begin, you need some guidance as to exactly what to do. Read on for some tips to help you build the muscles you’ve always wanted.

Try to consume some carbohydrates and proteins prior to going to sleep. The calories that you obtain will cause your body to reduce the rate at which it breaks down proteins while you are sleeping. Eating a small portion of cheese and a fruit is a great way to do this. You should also eat something soon after you wake up.

Genetics is one of the most important factors in building muscle mass. There is not much you can change about your interior genetics that shapes your body, but you can improve the way you look by becoming more tone. Some of us just do not have the bodies that will have large muscles, so accept that and strive for better tone.

As you are lifting weights, do your movements slowly. Moving too fast uses the body’s momentum instead of letting the muscles do the work. Likewise, don’t swing the weights, because this keeps the isolated muscle from doing the work. This is why going slow seems harder. The isolated muscle is doing its work!

If you cannot get to the gym for some reason, do not skip your workout altogether. You can simply do chin-ups, pushups, and dips in your home. Even with all of the fancy equipment at the gym, they still remain the best forms of upper body building that you can do.

Train using many repetitions and sets as possible during your training session. Limit your breaks to less than one minute between each set of fifteen lifts or more. This can stimulate your lactic acids, which can help you build muscle. You will maximize your muscle building by committing to this several times during each of your sessions.

Change up your workouts. Research has proven that varying your reps, intensity, and exercises are the best combination for increasing muscle mass. Our bodies are very good at adapting to exercises, and they have to be shocked by changing up the exercises in order to achieve the most optimum growth.

Working out to build muscle is most efficient if you focus on large muscle groups. These include the back, legs, and chest. Implementing workouts that focus on these groups will do the most work in the shortest amount of time, meaning that you’ll grow muscle more quickly and easily than with other workouts.

Allow yourself to eat some ice cream. Studies have shown that eating one bowl of any type of ice cream that you like about two hours after a workout does some good. It will trigger the surge of insulin in your body better than many other foods will, and it will taste good too!

If you have decided to work on building up muscle mass, first talk to your doctor. While working out can improve almost any body type, there are a few conditions that require you to avoid certain types of exercise. Most of them are related to heart conditions and heavy lifting.

Try plyometric exercises. These sorts of exercises will help you enhance your fast twitch muscles, stimulating greater muscle development. Like ballistic exercises, plyometrics require explosive movements. For example, during plyometric push-ups, you would pull your hands off the floor and lift your body as high as possible.

If you wish to bulk up, try to focus on doing bench presses, squatting, and deadlifting. These three specific exercises yield maximum benefits fast and let you continue building good muscle. Try adding other exercises to a routine with these three at the core.

Good sleep will work well with your muscle-building efforts. Since muscle building and recovery go hand in hand, you need to make certain your body is getting all the rest it needs. No getting enough sleep or rest can interfere with muscle building results and may even lead to injuries.

Have a protein-rich snack before and after muscle-building workouts. A useful measure is taking 15 grams about thirty minutes prior to training, and then another 15 grams after training. 15 grams of protein is equal to about two cups of milk.

If you have enough time, consider breaking up workouts into two different sessions per day. For example, you could train your chest in the morning, and then once evening strikes, you can train your back. Resting your body in between lets your energy stores recover better than training both muscles during the same workout.

Make sure your deltoids are fully engaged. By having middle deltoids that are developed, your shoulders are wider and thicker. Make sure lateral raises are above the parallel point in order to get the most out of your deltoid exercises. Begin laterals several inches from the hips in order to decrease the involvement of supporting muscles, such as the supraspinatus.

Continue to challenge your body. When you start lifting weights you will reach a point when the lifting becomes easy. When this happens to add more weight. By continuing to challenge your body you will help to create the level of intensity that most effectively tears down muscle so that your body continues to have the opportunity to build it back up.

If you are a beginner at building muscle, try to focus your lifting routine so that you can do between 8 and 12 repetitions of each exercise. If you are able to do more, then you probably are not lifting a heavy enough load. By giving yourself a goal, you will also help to ensure that you continue working out until you reach the point of fatigue.

Building muscles may not be easy, but knowing what to do makes it a lot easier. After reading this article, hopefully, you’ve got a better idea of how to get started. Choose your favorite tip and apply it today so that you can begin building the body that you want to have. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Pat Narduzzi Press Conference  Duke Week



PAT NARDUZZI: Had another team meeting just to close a chapter on last week, which we need to move on to the next week. We did some really good things on Saturday, both offensively and defensively. Didn’t stay as consistent as we’d like to be. Still haven’t played a complete game. Need to pay attention to details a little bit more than we have, which hurts a young football team, and the details are the key.

A week ago it was discipline I thought really hurt us, and this weekend ends up being really some of the details of just doing it the same way, the right way every single time. We didn’t score enough points to win the game, and we didn’t hold them off the scoreboard enough. You take away the last touchdown, which we were in a four-minute, we’ve got to get the ball back to our defense, and we kind of loaded up with sub-package, which sometimes is all or none. We didn’t execute it as well as we needed to, as well, but it’s an all or nothing sometimes, but just to get the ball back. I’m not worried about the last one. Sometimes that happens.

But defensively you give up 21 points, we gave up a punt return for a touchdown, 93 yards or whatever the heck that was, and just details. And when you look back, we gave opportunities for guys to come in and make an impact in the game, young guys, backups, and they — that makes you even younger when you do that.

So we’re still young in some spots, but we move on to a very good Duke football team that won the first four, lost the last few to Florida State, Miami, Virginia, I believe, and they’re well-coached by Coach Cutcliffe. Defensively they’re a good football team. I think 16th in the country in rush defense, 19th in total defense. They’re really good there, and they’re very solid. Obviously Coach Roper and Coach Cutcliffe together I think run that offense, and Coach Cutcliffe being an offensive guru, we face some of the best coaches I think in the country in the ACC. It’s impressive.

With that, I’ll open it up for questions.

Q. You said you saw some good things on Saturday, too, watching tape. Who were some of the things that you took encouragement from?
PAT NARDUZZI: I mean, you look at the run game defensively, we did some great things for — you won a lot of runs, and when you talk about three yards or less runs, we did a lot of great things, and even the run that went 83 yards, we saw that play before and afterwards, and we were successful in stopping it with base defense, and then all of a sudden — it’s a game of inches. You’re supposed to line up right here and you line up right here, they’ve got angles on you to zone you. So I think it’s those things.

And offensively still trying to find who we are run-game wise, but I was happy with what Ben did in the first half. I thought he played a really good first half. He played a better first half than he played against Georgia Tech, so that’s encouraging. We’ve got to catch the ball all the time. We’ve got to make plays. But we’ve got to find a run game. You look at the Steelers next door, a week ago Le’Veon Bell is not getting as much as he’d like or not getting it to do it. The run game makes you tick, and if you don’t have a run game, it’s going to be hard to win football games, period.

You look at North Carolina State, they had a run game. I know you guys laugh, but I say stop the run every week. If you say, what’s the key to victory? Stop the run, and we’d better be able to run the football, that’s been a problem. Last time we rushed for 150 was against Penn State. Where has that gone? That was a pretty good defense there, too.

We’ve got to find a way to rush for 150 this week to have an opportunity to win the football game. So you can put that on your keys to victory, put that 150 is the benchmark. We’ve got to get 150, and we’ve got to go back to basics and we’ve got to get it.

Q. You talked about wanting to get Kenny looks. Why not just come in with a plan and say no matter what happens Kenny gets the third series and Kenny gets the fifth series and see what happens after that? Experimenting with him seems sort of odd.
PAT NARDUZZI: I guess we’re odd, I guess. That’s your decision to make that call. That’s what we get paid to make those decisions. You say it looked good, okay. If I wait two more series, you might be going, why did you wait so long to put Kenny in? We’re having a different conversation, so it’s easy to sit there with your arm on that armrest and say that stuff. But the fact is we come into the second half, we throw an interception on the third play of the second half, and we haven’t been a great second half team to begin with, so I can sit there and continue to put up with it, or we can do something about it. But we do that and then we go punt-punt. You have more patience than I do, I guess. I like to win, and it’s going to be competitive.

And like I said, Kenny was planning on redshirting, okay. He was planning on redshirting in the summer because we felt good with Max, and we felt good with Ben, obviously. Things changed, and I said a week ago that he was going to play, and we’re going to play, and we had some plans. We changed our plans. I wanted to really — we wanted to really get Kenny in the first half. But Ben was playing really good, so it was like no need to. So your plans do change.

To say he’s going to go in the third series after Ben just threw two touchdown passes, you want to put him in the third series? I think that’s crazy, too. So it’s all how you look at it. To me it depends on the flow of the game, okay, and you’ve got to be down there, and you’ve got to be on the headsets, you’ve got to be knowing — you have to know what’s happening in the game. I mean, even the first half there was a couple close throws that could be picks. We can’t turn the ball over or you give yourself no chance. Our defense did an unbelievable job after that interception of going three-and-out and forcing a punt. But it killed us in field position because they downed the ball inside the 5-yard line, and now you put your offense having to go 95 plus yards, it’s not easy.

Q. I know you don’t do leashes here, I remember that, but then how do you let a kid build any sort of momentum either way, or do you tell them, hey, look, if it’s not going well — do you treat it like all the other 21 positions?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, we do. Yeah, we do. I mean, it should be no different. It’s competitive. They’ve got to be competitive. What’s the difference when we pull backs and put Ben in? What’s the difference? Until you’ve got a guy that’s the guy, okay — Nathan Peterman, did we ever pull him? He pulled himself in the Northwestern game when he got dinged in the head, but that guy ain’t coming out of there. We didn’t make a dumb decision in that decision.

So we are going to — it’s competitive, and it makes guys better, and it made Max better when he came back against Rice, and it’s going to make Ben better. Ben is our starting quarterback without a question. I mean, he’s the guy.

But we’re still going to have quarterback — and if things aren’t going good, he knows that, we know that, whether you want to hear it or not. Sometimes you have selective hearing on what you want to hear and what you don’t want to hear. We’ve had good communication, and Ben will be our guy, and then we’ll see how it goes from there.

Q. You said on Saturday that you were pretty happy with what Ben had done overall, but is what you’re saying the first couple drives of the second half the offense wasn’t moving and that’s why you decided to make a change then?
PAT NARDUZZI: True. It comes down to consistency. Again, it’s not just quarterbacks. As I’ve told Ben, we’ve got to run the ball. His shoulders, they’re like this big, but we make them like they’re this big. This ain’t that big and the poor kid can’t do it all by himself. We’ve got to help him out with some run game. I thought he did a really good job with the passing game early, but we’ve got to help him out a little bit. We talk way too much about the quarterback. There’s some other things that we should be talking about, too.

Q. I know coaches don’t like to play the what-if game, but what if Ben’s helmet doesn’t come off against Syracuse, does Pickett still play Saturday against North Carolina State?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yes, I believe so, yes, because we can’t survive with one quarterback, period. The guy has got to go in, and I don’t want it to be at the last second, so there’s no doubt about it. That’s why there was no hesitation, and like I told you last week, he was going to play, now it would have been a lot harder if Ben is scoring every drive, going down the field, leading the offense down the field. But like I said, the key is are we getting better from his first start to his second start, and I say yes. His preparation was better. If you ask Ben, you’d say, hey, did you prepare better for North Carolina than you did Georgia Tech, he’d say yes, which is great, and guess what, he’s going to prepare better this week than he did last week, and it’ll continue to get better, and I think that’s the important thing.

Q. You talked about the communication with those guys, and Ben said after the game Saturday that he was kind of surprised, kind of caught off guard, didn’t know beforehand that Pickett might get in there —
PAT NARDUZZI: Did you know? Did you know I was going to put Pickett in the game? You didn’t know from our conversation last week? Who knew? He knew.

Q. But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
PAT NARDUZZI: There’s communication there. I just think you hear what you want to hear. I think everybody becomes a competitor, and I think the emotions go, and we all do, okay. But I think emotions go, and I think I know you want to do that — like I said, I wanted to get him in in the first half. Ben made me not do it because of his play. So the plan changed right off the bat.

But I think everybody in their mind says, I know what you’re playing but you’re not doing that because I’m going to control this and I’m going to do so good that you can’t put him in, and that’s what you want your quarterback to feel. He’s got a great attitude. He just needs to stay within the walls of this building and hear the right things and do the right things.

Q. Do you want to get to a point where you don’t have to worry about —
PAT NARDUZZI: Thank you, thank you, yes, I do.

Q. That’s tough to do in this situation with the running game, the receivers, the quarterback?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, yeah, no doubt about it. We’d like to have one quarterback. That worked pretty good last year.

Q. Between Ben and Kenny, how big are the gaps?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, there’s gaps. Decision making, holding on to the ball, making the right run checks, all those things. There’s not this gigantic gap, put it that way. If there was — it’s not — it’s the same as it was between Max and Ben, it’s the same gap between Ben and Kenny. It’s the same gap. It’s not this — and then after Kenny, there’s a bigger gap, okay. Knock on wood, we need both those guys to stay healthy, or you might be playing quarterback.

Q. In the running game, have you noticed that you’re having more success running outside than you are inside and maybe Jordan’s running style and his speed allows him to take advantage of that more than some of the other running backs?
PAT NARDUZZI: I don’t feel like we’re running good inside or outside, how about that. When you don’t rush for 100 yards you didn’t run good inside or outside. But Jordan’s speed does help you on the edge more than it does inside. When you’re running inside runs, there’s more things to read. You’re not just running in a hole. You’re reading — if the Mike comes over, you cut back, and there’s a lot of things that you coach, and there’s a lot more to playing running back than just saying find the hole and be a player.

You can hurt your linemen by doing the other. They have to feel where the flow is going and how to come off. It’s a little bit more complicated than what it appears, I guess.

Q. How are those decisions delegated? You obviously have the final call, but —
PAT NARDUZZI: I think we talk about it during the week. It’s a good question. I think it goes with every position. We talk every Thursday, we talk about how are we playing the players. We have a how-to-play-the-players meeting and who are we giving the ball, who are we featuring. You have those discussions at the end of the week so you can tell, hey, what are we doing, I want to know — I don’t want to have that conversation on the headphones in the middle of the game in the heat of — that’s not the time to have that call. This week will be a little bit different than last week, and then the next week will be even more different. So we have those conversations on Thursday after the week of practice, how did they play during practice, you feel good, who are you going to rotate, okay, good. So again, it’s everybody in there. So it’s a staff thing, and if it’s — obviously the quarterback is an important position, and you go around and get input from your entire staff. I don’t care if it’s a D-line coach or the DB coach or quarterback coach; hey, what do you guys think. We all see a lot of things and we watch practice and watch how people carry themselves during — so we’re going to evaluate that, and you kind of know what you’re going to do going into the game.

Q. How do you improve the run game? Is it find new guys?
PAT NARDUZZI: Well, we tried to get on the free agent market there, but they won’t let us in on that. But Martavius, if he wants to come on over, maybe you can line up a tailback. We’re not going to get any extra guys. We need to lock into the fundamentals and the basics of who we are, okay, and like I told the offense and the defense yesterday, if we’re making — we’re not as detailed as we need to, then we need to slim it down and be more detailed in what we’re doing. And again, every week it’s something else that you’re worried about. You’re worried about this, and we haven’t worried about special teams all year, now all of sudden you’re worried about your punt coverage team, like this Hines guy (who had a punt return TD), who is this guy (for this week). So now I’m walking into a special teams meeting going, hey, what are we doing here.

We’ll get it right. Just sometimes it takes — you’ve got to have patience, and some of you guys have more patience.

Q. You don’t have patience, though, you kind of said?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, I don’t.

Q. Damar, eight tackles, led the team, but struggled against the pass. How would you assess his play?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, it’s a new world for him. It’s not even a new position, it’s playing is a new thing for him. He’s a brand new guy. Did you say struggled against the pass game?

Q. At times.
PAT NARDUZZI: Did you know what his responsibilities are? Sometimes you have to know — sometimes (other) guys get beat, and you’re like, he wasn’t even supposed to be there. There was probably some other — I can’t remember — we gave up three passes, one with Dane Jackson. So two was Dane Jackson — again, one was unbelievable. He brought that guy’s whole body this way. He had his hand on the ball. He’s in great position. One, he lost eye control a little bit on an above go. I forget what the third one is. As a matter of fact, the third one was we were man free, and Damar kind of didn’t turn him loose; he was on the guy but he should have been closer to him, so Damar you could say was maybe part of one of them, but Jordan Whitehead rolled over, thinking he was going to help out Damar, and all of a sudden there was a post right there. He should have had a pick. They threw a post into man free coverage and we should have had a pick on that play, so that was kind of — if Damar had one play that I’d say, get on him a little bit tighter, you’ve got help in the middle of the field, be more aggressive.

But everything is new for him. He had his eight tackles, I’d say he needed more help in the run game than he does in the pass game because it’s all new to him. Like on the big run, Damar wasn’t good. Nobody blocked. If you go back and watch the tape, nobody blocked Damar, Damar blocked himself because he was so aggressive to get — but that’s a lack of experience. To his defense, it’s like, he never — he hasn’t been in the action of a run like that, and that’s on us as coaches to continue to develop him as a player.

But Damar is going to be really good.

Q. He puts up eight tackles, does that kind of speak to —
PAT NARDUZZI: Well, it’s not all about the tackles, either, because where are the tackles? Are they for 10-yard gains, are they for TFL’s? We’d rather have TFL’s out of our safeties than six-yard gains. It’s kind of — stats don’t really tell the story. We want them to be good tackles where we want them to be. They want to be wins, as far as three-yard or less runs, so count up the eight and find out where they are, and then we’ll tell you how good it is.

Q. You didn’t rotate on your offensive line this week. How did you feel those five performed?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, that front is pretty good. They did good. I mean, that’s why we didn’t rotate through. That was our plan on how to play the players. This was what we were going to go with. And I thought Jaryd did a nice job at the right tackle. He still had some little things that we’ve got to clean up that get practiced every day, and got to play together. Those guys are so critical that they play together. We didn’t rotate. Good observation.

Q. They didn’t rotate and you still had trouble generating — your backs had trouble with Jordan and Kenny, I think. When you look at the running game, is it the line not getting — missed assignments? Is it the backs not finding the holes?
PAT NARDUZZI: You guys ask this question every week. It’s a little of everything, and again, the first play of the game, it’s our O-line. Guy — Chubb runs right through the B-gap. He’s outside, all of a sudden he came inside. It’s like he’s not allowed to do that, but he was allowed to do that. So we’ve got to be in our zone together. So it’s — every play is a little different thing, and the next time Brian makes his block and someone else misses it, but that’s part of it. So it’s a little bit of everything.

I hate to tell you that, but that’s a fact. The truth.

Q. With the difficulties of running and obviously with the quarterback situation, you knew there was going to be some transition in those areas, but how much more challenging has it been than perhaps you anticipated?
PAT NARDUZZI: As far as why the run game is not going? More challenging than you’d like it to be. I didn’t think it would be like this at all. As a matter of fact, you come in, you feel pretty positive, and that’s why I told you, when you come out of camp, you really don’t know what you have playing against each other. I know there was good and bad, but you thought you’re progressing when you’re playing against each other. The defense starts to get to know the offense, it becomes a little easier for the defense. But there’s still stresses on the defense with what they’re doing. And you’re not facing anybody else that does it a different way.

I think those are the challenges. But we’re not that young on offense. We are young at quarterback, Tre Tipton, not having him in there hurts you back there. James Conner is a loss. So you knew you didn’t have James Conner out there for sure.

But you know what, you’ve still got to block them, you’ve still got to run to daylight.

Q. Chawntez Moss dressed but didn’t play. Do you have any sort of update on his status going forward?
PAT NARDUZZI: No. We’ll just see how it goes.

Q. I was curious if you got the chance to speak with Ian Troost?
PAT NARDUZZI: Have I spoken with him? I personally have not spoken with him. I answered this obviously on Saturday. We have educated our entire football team, probably as extensively — we did it a year ago. We did it more this year in light of the NFL and all the issues at that we’re having there, but we try to educate our kids on what are you doing, why are you doing it, and if that’s something you need to do, you’d better have a good reason why. It’s not my job to go question a guy. It’s not his to question my faith or what I’m all about as a person.

You know, that’s kind of what we’ve done is educate them so they make smart decisions for themselves, and beyond that, that’s kind of where it is. So we’ve been educated. They have their rights whether you like it or not, whether you like it or not or whether I like it or not, that’s kind of where it is.

Q. Are you satisfied that he did have a good reason for what he did?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, I’m not going to speak for anybody else. I’m not going to speak about what my beliefs are because it doesn’t matter how I believe. I’m not the judge. I’m not God, I’m not — I don’t judge you or you. I’m not judging anybody. That’s not what I’m all about. You know, dissatisfied, satisfied, I’m satisfied with wins, I’m not satisfied with losses. That’s what I’ll talk about satisfied and dissatisfied.

Q. Have you found out why he did it?
PAT NARDUZZI: I think that question — like I said, we educate them of what — you’re making a statement or you’re making an impact. What are you doing it for? This is what it means.

  1. The conference results over the weekend, Clemson loses, NC State is in first place in their division, and Miami is tooth and nail every week, the Coastal again. When you look at where this program wants to be and you see what NC State is doing, does that give the kids confidence that if we just keep at it that there is —
    PAT NARDUZZI: That’s what we do. I mean, that’s what you do. I think our guys have — I think guys have not lost faith. They believe. And it just takes time. We’re a different football team than we were a year ago. We’re a different football team than North Carolina State. Everybody is a little bit different. Some teams were really good a year ago that maybe aren’t as good this year. They lost — hey, that Trubisky guy, he’s a pretty good football player. They were pretty good a year ago. All of a sudden he’s playing in Chicago and there’s another guy playing — Switzer is playing now with the Cowboys, you watch him out there punt returning and stuff, it’s like, those are two NFL guys that made an impact. Larry (Fedora) is feeling like I do. Their good players are playing at the next level.

    The conference is unbelievable. I think it’s better than it was a year ago. And I’ve said this before, the ACC — not only the players and the conference, I think the coaches are outstanding. Cutcliffe, that guy is a guru. You get to coach against Cutcliffe. Dave Doeren, that guy has won championships in the MAC, at Northern Illinois. Dino Babers is a good football coach. The ACC, the AD’s in this conference have made some great hires. I think it’s great there’s competition. That’s what you want. We’re going to be playing for a National Championship again in the ACC.

    Q. Duke played Florida State pretty tough last week, had a chance to win late. What did you take from that game and the things they were able to do especially in the second half?
    PAT NARDUZZI: You know what, Duke is a good football team, and Florida State is a good football team. Obviously they’re young at the quarterback spot, as well. But Duke is a good football team, and when you watch it, Duke can hang with anybody, and Florida State can hang with anybody. It’s two good football teams banging it head-to-head.